Application Packages and Service Screening Boards
It is critical to assemble the application package and complete your dossier by the deadlines imposed for each specific Service Screening Board process. The Army Board typically convenes in May - June, Air Force in September, Navy in October and the Marine Corps in November.
For a graphic depicting the notional timeline for application and selection, please see our Timeline for further details.
Field of Study and University Selection Process
The Foundation makes every attempt to assign Scholars to their preferred location, however, an exact match is not always possible. The Foundation normally does not assign two Scholars to the same city at the same time. To view current locations not open to the next Olmsted Scholar class, click here.
University registration is the responsibility of the Scholar. The Foundation only guarantees complete tuition support to universities with its approval.
Social and Political Sciences, History and International Relations/Affairs are the Foundation’s preferred areas of study for Scholars. However, Scholars may change the choice of study with the agreement of the Foundation, and provided the opportunity to study and probability of successful completion of the academic requirements are attainable.